Next meeting: Wed., February 1st
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Upcoming Projects in the Neighborhood

Lower SE Rising Area Plan

The Lower SE Rising Area Plan, led by Bureau of Planning & Sustainability and the Bureau of Transportation, addresses multimodal connectivity and transit access through transportation and land use changes in Brentwood-Darlington and portions of Mt. Scott-Arleta, Woodstock, and Lents. The area plan is a land use review and transportation planning effort already underway.

View the online open house and materials online. Project staff are seeking community input to guide healthy community development. Questions about the area plan? Email project leads or attend the February board meeting of Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association to provide feedback. Details are available after the link. The recommended plan goes before City Council in early 2023.

New Holgate Library in 2024

Construction for the new Holgate Library is underway. The new building will sit on the existing site, be three times larger than the current branch, and occupy 21,000 square feet. The branch will feature large play and learning spaces for children, multiple meeting rooms, dedicated teen room, updated technology and internet, outdoor plaza for community members, local representative art, rooftop solar panels and enhanced curbside features on SE Holgate. The project is anticipated to be complete in 2024.

The MSANA Board issued a letter of support for the required land use review and applauds the extensive community engagement and outreach conducted. Library guests are encouraged to visit nearby branches (Woodstock, Midland, and Belmont) during construction. Questions about library capital projects? Email

SE Carlton and 72nd Sewer Project

Construction on the SE Carlton and 72nd Sewer Project began this week and is anticipated to last up to four months. Work crews will begin preliminary work to install more than 600 feet of sewer pipes. Open trench excavations are necessary to replace existing pipes that in excess of 100 years old. Two new maintenance access holes on Carlton and 28 lateral pipes will be installed. Once work is complete on Carlton work crews will move onto 72nd Ave sometime in February. The project will protect the Willamette River Watershed and reduce the risk of sewer pipe leaks. Sign up for project updates. Questions about the SE Carlton and 72nd Sewer Project? Email Cheryl Kuck, Community Outreach at Environmental Services.

Mt. Scott Community Center Seismic Retrofit and Expansion

Mt. Scott Community Center will be undergoing an expansion and seismic retrofit beginning in late 2023. You may have seen the signs around Mt. Scott Park announcing the planned expansion or read about it last year. The pool and gym will remain with an improved roof and HVAC system. What’s new is an open lobby, an event hall, updated aerobic and fitness class spaces, flexible meeting rooms, new kitchen with training and instruction opportunities, technology upgrades, seismic updates, an increase in trees and vegetation, and more. The community center is scheduled to close at the end of 2023 and will reopen in 2025. Sign up for project updates and enjoy the community center while its open. Questions about the Mt. Scott Seismic Retrofit and Expansion? Email Marlo Medellin, Capital Project Manager at Portland Parks.


The 73Foster project is a multi-unit housing development located at 7330 SE Foster that aims to provide affordable and permanent supportive housing for families and people with disabilities living on lower incomes. The project will have 22 units of Permanent Supportive Housing and 42 affordable housing units in total.

In addition to the housing units, the project will also offer a range of programming and amenities to its residents, including on-site case management services, resident services, food pantry, community room, on-site laundry rooms, courtyard seating area, lobby lounge area, and high energy efficiency for low utilities. The design of the project is also accessible to people of all abilities. Construction is anticipated to be complete in 2025. Sign up for email updates.

Reimagining Public Space! Arleta Triangle Square

Help us shape the vision for this new public space the whole community can enjoy!

The Arleta Triangle Project began in 2005 when neighbors came together to activate space for people. The space sits at the crossroads of 72nd Ave and Woodstock Blvd. To help improve neighborhood safety, the “slip-lane” (pictured below) is being turned into a community space for the Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood! In order to have the best space possible, we need to consult the neighborhood experts: You!

***Accepting responses until June 1st. Project aims to start Fall 2022.

Scan this QR Code! This code will link you to a survey on the future of this plaza.

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 What do you imagine for this space? Gardens? Art? Plants? Mutual Aid Cabinets? Places to sit? Survey available in multiple languages.

Have further questions? Direct them to Greg Raisman at PBOT with the email 


Decide the Interior Look of Holgate Library

The Holgate branch of Multnomah County Library is being rebuilt in 2023 and your input is needed on the interior design. As part of the Library Capital Bond Projects, the new Holgate Library will be larger, more sustainable and welcoming space for everyone in the community. Previous listening sessions have provided a wealth of ideas and features that are incorporated into the design. Please vote by May 20th to help decide the interior look and colors.

You can sign up for updates on all the bond projects with info on other upcoming events and activities at the following links.

Neighborhood Elections Next Month

Ever wonder how great things happen in our neighborhood? Yes, we mean the hygiene supply cabinet at Arleta Triangle, air pollution monitoring, street art, community events—and no, the list doesn’t end there! Your Neighborhood Association volunteers have been hard at work ensuring that our neighborhood is thriving.

On our upcoming election we want to celebrate living, loving, working, and uplifting alongside one another! We’d love the opportunity to share our past accomplishments, our hopes for the future of the neighborhood and extend an invitation to you to be involved in big or small ways. Help us as a neighbor* by joining us on Wednesday May 4th, 2022 and voting in our new leadership.

Even if you haven’t been to a meeting before we feel that it is important to involve as many neighbors as possible in the selection of our board members. Not only will you play an important role in our elections, you’ll also be privy to insider information, and get the scoop on what’s happening in the neighborhood and across the city.

Interested in getting your hands dirty and being a part of the month-to-month decision making? Then board or committee service might be for you. Feel free to join in the conversation and ask questions of current board members. Or, if you’re ready to get to work, step on up and offer to fill one of our vacant seats—we’d love to have you on the board!

If you have ever spent time volunteering, you know that it takes all kinds of hard work and resolute people to make things happen. Projects don’t complete themselves, issues don’t advocate for themselves, art doesn’t magically appear—people are the driving force. The same is true for our neighborhood, only in this case neighbors must be the driving force!
*Neighboring isn’t just for people who reside here; if you work or own property in the Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood we consider you a neighbor, too!